Advocates For Safer Streets Hold Rally Outside One Police Plaza

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Transportation Alternatives and concerned citizens took to One Police Plaza on Wednesday demanding the NYPD enforce traffic laws to make city streets safer for pedestrians and bikers.

Erika Lefevre, the mother of 30-year-old Brooklyn artist Mathieu Lefevre, is demanding justice.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

Mathieu was riding his bike last month in Williamsburg when a truck turned into his path and killed him. The driver left the scene but was stopped by police later. However, he was never charged with a crime.

“One thing I can do is speak about this case and how it has been handled by the NYPD,” Lefevre said.

Transportation Alternatives is calling for a “zero tolerance policy on dangerous and lethal driving.”

Executive Director Paul White wants more accountability.

“Where the NYPD would prefer to sweep these crashes under a rug, we will shine a light,” White said.

The group will review police records to determine whether thorough investigations were performed.

The NYPD issued a statement saying it has 3,700 officers engaged in traffic safety and enforcement.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said fatalities are down this year by 16 percent, including 20 fewer pedestrian deaths.

Browne said police have issued over 770,000 summonses for moving violations this year and has made over 8,000 DWI arrests.

“We regularly stop and summons drivers  for unsafe, accident-related  practices such as use of a hand-held phones while driving,” Browne added.

What more do you think can be done to make the streets safer for pedestrians, bikers? Let us know below…

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • IT

    …and I forgot to mention, the roughly 2,000 summonses per day average looks especially puny considering that there are “3,700 officers engaged in traffic safety and enforcement”. That means they can’t each average even one summons per day!

    • Meme Meyagi

      kill yourself pig

  • IT

    770,000 summonses per year sounds like a big number until you think about it. It makes roughly 2,000 per day, for a city of 8 million, with millions of drivers each of which I’d bet commits an average of at least a dozen violations per day.That’s a “catch rate” of less than one in ten thousand (probably way less). In a recent study of just one block of Jay Street, Transportation Alternatives observed an average of 18 u-turns, 18 cars parking on the bus stop, and 49 parking on the bike lane each hour. They did not look for any other kind of violation, including some that are extremely common and are also dangerous, such as speeding, improper turning and signaling, cell phone use while driving, failure to yield…

  • How

    How about pedestrians obeying Walk/Dont Walk signs and bicyclists obeying the same traffic Laws that drivers have to obey. This is the only City where pedestrians could not care less about Dont Walk signs or Red Traffic Lights. Dont get me started on bicyclists. If the NYPD ticketed every bike traffic infraction, the City would have a surplus and not a deficit. Blaming only motorists for unsafe streets or accidents is nonsense.

  • ttrue nyc

    Transportation Alternatives is a blame one side cartel.

  • Nick9075 NYC

    Is that his Mother or Grandmother?? The woman looks in her 70s.. The guy was 30 years old?

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